Music artists are on a day-long “black-out” on Tuesday to show support for George Floyd and the black community.
The “Blackout Tuesday” is part of the protests against the death of George Lloyd at the hands of four police officers last week, which triggered a nationwide outrage.
The Show Must Be Paused
Many artists and music companies called for “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.” Reinforcing the Blackout Tuesday message is the initiative called #TheShowMustBePaused– a brainchild of music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang who are also black women. The initiative seeks to encourage people in the music industry to speak out against racism and injustice that have long since endangered the lives of people of color.
Among the companies taking part in the movement include Warner Music Group, Sony/ATV, Apple Music’s Ebro Darden, BMG, former Hot 97 music programming director Karlie Hustle, British record label Dirty Hit, and independent distributor EMPIRE.
Artists who used their platforms to speak out against the injustice include Beyonce, Rihanna, and Billie Eilish, among many others.
On May 29, Taylor Swift took to Twitter to call out Donald Trump’s response to the ongoing demonstrations in Minneapolis, accusing the US president of “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism.”
After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 29, 2020
Also showing support for the protests is pop icon Lady Gaga, who arrived at the decision of postponing a digital listening party for her latest album ‘Chromatica‘.
As much as I want to listen to Chromatica together as a global group of kindness punks right now, our kindness is needed for the world today. I’m going to postpone our listening session right now and encourage you all to take this time to register to vote and raise your voice.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 29, 2020
Below are some other artists showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement.
Did your favorite artist also join the #TheShowMustBePaused initiative?
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